Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Mary D. Nettleman, MD, MS, MACP is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Michigan State University. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Indiana University.
You should seek medical care any time if you have pain. Although vaginal
infections may cause unpleasant itching, they should not cause pain.
Call for an appointment with your health care practitioner if this is the first
time that vaginal yeast infection symptoms have occurred, or if you are unsure
if you have a yeast infection. (If you are sure that you have a yeast infection,
you can treat the disorder with over-the-counter medications.) But if your
symptoms do not respond to one course of over-the-counter medications, you may
not have a yeast infection.
Vaginal yeast infections, although uncomfortable, are usually not
life-threatening. You should see your health care provider. In addition, seek
care for any of the following:
Foul-smelling or yellow vaginal discharge
Any stomach or back pain
Vomiting or fevers
If symptoms return within two months
Other pelvic conditions with symptoms similar to vaginal yeast infections
need to be checked by a health care practitioner in a hospital's emergency department. Seek medical care if
the following conditions develop:
If you have vaginal discharge associated with fever, vomiting, and
abdominal pain or if you have vaginal discharge accompanied by
that is not a normal menstrual period, you may go to a hospital's emergency
Your symptoms have not improved in three days, a large amount of vaginal
discharge is seen, or if initial symptoms worsen.
You have greenish or large amounts of discharge or fever.
You have been taking antifungal medications for a yeast infection and you
develop yellow skin, yellow eyes (the white part is yellow), or pale stools.
Lesions or rash develop elsewhere (tender, red,
pus-filled bumps, which
can spread to the thighs and anus).